As ABA President Becky Anderson prepares for her last Board meeting, she looks back at some of the changes over the past seven years, reminds booksellers of some work yet to be done, and extends sincere thanks to both her fellow Board members and bookselling colleagues.
Beginning immediately after BEA, Kobo eReaders and eBooks will be featured in a national brand campaign on NPR that will run until the end of the year. The news was announced first to ABA member bookstores participating in the Kobo program in an e-mail update on May 23.
Don’t miss out on any of ABA’s programming at BEA. Here’s an overview of education sessions, plenaries, author signings, special events, and bookseller-related BEA programs running from Tuesday, May 28, through Saturday, June 1.
ABA has signed an agreement with Independent Merchant Group Inc., an independent merchant services auditing and consulting firm that will put its extensive knowledge of the credit card industry to work for booksellers to achieve the best possible rates with a store’s current credit card processor.
This week, Edelweiss unveiled new functionality that allows registered users to connect with friends and colleagues who have an Edelweiss account in a peer-to-peer network within the site. Currently, the new functionality enables users to share reviews, but Edelweiss expects to add more features in the near future.
Booksellers attending BEA who would like to discuss key advocacy issues affecting their businesses with ABA staff are encouraged to contact Senior Public Policy Analyst David Grogan this week to schedule an appointment.
With this fall’s promotion celebrating debut authors, ABA members will be able to introduce their customers to 22 of the best new writers for children and adults while taking advantage of publisher specials.
Booksellers are reminded that the deadline to respond to the class action settlement notice in the federal antitrust lawsuit over rapidly rising Visa and MasterCard credit card swipe fees is next Tuesday, May 28.
The American Booksellers Association, Inc. and subsidiaries consolidated financial statements (with the independent auditors’ report) are available to ABA bookstore members in PDF format on BookWeb.org.
Books of Wonder and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators invite all ABA member booksellers to an “Open House” at Books of Wonder on Tuesday, May 28, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event at the iconic children’s store is an opportunity for booksellers to relax and meet many of the children’s book authors and artists who will be attending BEA over the following days.
The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression has released several videos of bestselling authors Sherman Alexie and Laurie Halse Anderson discussing how to fight the censorship of young adult books.
At its annual conference held last Thursday, May 16, in Brussels, the European & International Booksellers Federation released a study commissioned from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, which found no technical or functional obstacles to an open e-book ecosystem.
The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression has received an initial royalty check from sales of the Coffee House Press title Read This! Handpicked Favorites From America’s Indie Bookstores, compiled and edited by Micawber’s Books owner Hans Weyandt.
Next month, Community Bookstore, located in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood, will be opening a new store in the former Babbo’s Books. Terrace Books will function primarily as a used bookshop and will serve the neighborhood of Windsor Terrace, which lies roughly one mile southeast of Park Slope.